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Seat manufacturers had a good Aircraft
Interiors show, with numerous order
announcements – many of which involved
Asia-Pacific airlines – and new seat
developments on display.
New UK seat manufacturer, Mirus Aircraft
Seating, brought its Mirus Hawk lightweight,
economy class seat to the show for the first time
and signed a launch order with low-cost carrier
AirAsia. Under the deal, AirAsia will retrofit all
of its existing and new Airbus A320s, including
its A320neo fleet, with the new slimline seat.
The Hawk comprises a fully composite
frame and fewer moving parts than traditional
seats, delivering a 40 percent reduction in
weight, according to the manufacturer. Mirus
used aerospace, ergonomics, automotive
and Formula One expertise to design the
seat, resulting in significant cabin space and
weight savings at the same time as preserving
passenger comfort, it adds.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes
says the airline signed with Mirus due
to its innovation, advanced design and
manufacturing capabilities as well as its
affordable, customised solution.
In further lightweight seat developments,
Expliseat launched its new Titanium Seat NEO,
designed in conjunction with automotive group
Peugeot. Weighing just 5kg, the partners claim
the new seat is the lightest in its range, as well
as delivering the best performance in comfort,
aesthetics and ergonomics. The seat is made
from titanium and carbon and is aimed at
flights of up to seven hours on aircraft including
the Airbus A320 and A330 and Boeing 737,
says the manufacturer.
The seat is the result of the combined
expertise of seat manufacturer Expliseat and
Peugeot Design Lab.
“The annual production of seats in the
automotive industry is approximately 1,000
times higher than that of aerospace,” notes
Expliseat CEO Benjamin Saada. “The
experience and know-how of automotive
manufacturers are therefore the richest when it
comes to the area of mobility,” he adds.
The seat features ergonomic lumbar lateral
supports, pelvis and thigh shape memory foam,
a headrest with neck support, a carbon fibre
tray table and a literature pocket made of
Expliseat also signed a buyer-furnished
equipment agreement with turboprop
manufacturer ATR under which Expliseat will
supply its Titanium Seat for ATR aircraft. The
Titanium seat offers a 300kg weight saving on
an ATR-600 series aircraft compared with the
current seat. The seat features only 30 parts
per seat, reducing weight and maintenance
costs for operators. The Titanium seat is offered
as an option for new ATR aircraft and as a
retrofit on existing ATR turboprops. Air Tahiti
is launch customer for the seat on an ATR
turboprop, with a retrofitted ATR featuring due
to enter service in May.
German seat manufacturer Recaro Aircraft
Seating had a particularly good show,
announcing numerous orders and showcasing
its latest product developments. A number of the
new orders, particularly for Recaro’s lightweight
CL3710 economy class seat, came from Asia-
Pacific carriers. Air China has ordered 2,500
units of the CL3710 for its Airbus A350 fleet,
while Hainan Airlines also recently ordered the
CL3710 for its A330 aircraft.
In addition, the seat manufacturer announced
that long-time customer Singapore Airlines
(SIA) has ordered 14,000 CL3710 economy
class seats for its A380s, A350s and 787s for
delivery in 2017.
The CL3710 is designed for long-haul flights
and offers the greatest possible knee and
legroom thanks to its patented high literature
pocket and other intelligent solutions, according
to Recaro. It also features a fold-out footrest with
an integrated foot net, designed for excellent
comfort, especially in the sleeping position. As a
result, it is one of Recaro’s most popular seats.
Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific Air becomes the
first customer for Recaro’s SL3510 lightweight
economy class seat in the Asia-Pacific region.
Cebu will install the seat on its 30 new
A321neo aircraft due for delivery between
2017 and 2021. The seat weighs around
9kg due to netting material forming the core
of the seat’s backrest instead of traditional
foam. The thinner backrest allows increased
space between seat rows and living space and
provides increased comfort as it ergonomically
conforms to the shape of the passenger’s spine.
The new Asia-Pacific orders come as the
German manufacturer targets the region for
future growth. “Our objective for 2016 is to
develop a much stronger presence in Asia,”
said CEO Mark Hiller. The manufacturer
already has a manufacturing subsidiary in
Qingdao, China and a service centre and new
hub for the region in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, LIFT by EnCore launched its new
Expliseat launched its new Titanium NEO at the show,
which was designed with automotive group Peugeot.
Order bonanza for seat manufacturers
AIRCRAFT INTERIORS SHOW REPORT
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